Computer Recommendations

We recommend that all students come with a well equipped personal computer. WiFi is available throughout our campus & all residence halls have ethernet ports.

Please consult your major's School for more specific hardware & software recommendations. Before buying any, also check out our Discounts.

The York College Bookstore offers a variety of electronics for students and faculty.

Windows 10

Good

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB SSD

Better

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 16GB or greater
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB SSD

Mac

Good

  • Processor: Intel Core i5
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Hard Drive: 256 GB Flash

Better

  • Processor: Intel Core i7
  • RAM: 16 GB or greater
  • Hard Drive: 512 GB Flash

Useful Items

ACC Ethernet adapter

  • If your laptop does not have an ethernet port.

10 foot Cat6 Ethernet Cable

  • For a wired connection in your dorm.

500GB or larger External Hard Drive

  • for backing up your laptop’s hard drive.

HDMI or Mini Display Port adapter

  • If your laptop does not have these ports.
  • For presentations in our Smart Classrooms.

Antivirus

No antivirus is required. We recommend using Windows Defender, which is a default on all Windows 10 computers. If you have a PC without Defender, nor any other default protection, then we suggest choosing a software with up-to-date definitions & routinely scheduled virus scans.

Major Requirements

Graphic Design

Business

  • 64bit version Windows 10 laptop.
    • Minimum battery life of at least 3 hours.
  • If you get a MacBook, it must run Windows 10.
    • Parallels software or Boot Camp installation.

Computer Science

  • Windows 10 PC
    • RAM: 16 GB or greater
    • Quad-core processor
    • Graphics card that can drive 2 external monitors.
  • Apple PC
    • Current/recent model of MacBook Pro.